Disclosure: I received a free Gold Plan from Applecore to try out for this review. I was compensated for my time. All opinions are my own.
Before we get started with today’s post, I have a little confession. I am a bit behind the times when it comes to technology. While I have a lot of it (mostly gifted to me), I am not very good at figuring it out. And in most cases, I still prefer my pen and paper.
However, sometimes my love of pen and paper looks a bit like this:
See that? It’s an unruly, chaotic, disorganized mess. This particular mess is my blogging “stuff.” To-do lists, schedules and scribbles. Notes here and there on scrap paper. It’s what I do, but it’s not ideal. Things get lost, and sometimes important dates have been nearly missed because of my lack of organization. Not only that, but it causes mental clutter. I am constantly stressing about remembering important dates, deadlines, and to-do’s because I know I can’t trust my system to keep everything in line for me.
A Better Record-Keeping System
When I started homeschooling, I knew I needed a better system for record keeping! Furthermore, depending on what state you live in, you may need to keep more detailed records, and you’ll want them to be easily accessible and organized.
I’m excited to share with you today a great, online system… Applecore.
Applecore is very simple to use. The menu basically walks you through the processes.
Note: I am using the Gold Plan throughout this process, which is available for $55/year. However, with the exclusive discount code joy you can save 50% on that membership through the month of February! Here is the student control page with my students. The grade level options start with K4 and include K5, 1st-12th, and Special ed.
From this student control panel, I can view any of the other pages: courses & grades, schedule, portfolio, and attendance. There is a ton of flexibility with this system. I really love the online scheduler! I can keep track of daily schoolwork, appointments, and other activities. The system makes it easy to set items as a one-time appointment, or recurring activity. With recurring activities, I can easily choose how often each part of the schedule will be repeated.
Another great feature of the Applecore record keeping system is that it allows you to easily keep track of attendance. Just a simple click adds each day to the attendance record.
If you do need paper copies, or if you’d just like to save a back up on your computer, you can export your records to PDF, which is a convenient feature.
Applecore offers a basic service for FREE everyday! With a free account, you can get a free Course Tracker and grade reporting. They also offer a silver plan for $45/year, and a gold plan for $55/year (Use code joy to get that 50% discount!). Visit their plans page to see the great features offered in the Gold plan membership. I have young children, but this system is fantastic for older children as well! You can see a bit of the program in action for older students if you visit Demetria’s review. You can also connect with applecore on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
Applecore has generously allowed me to give away a one-year gold plan membership! Enter using the rafflecopter widget below (If you’re reading via email, you may have to click over to the post to enter). The giveaway will end 1/29 and the winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize. Prizes will be delivered within 4-6 weeks. a Rafflecopter giveaway
Don’t forget…if you’re ready to get your homeschool records in order, you can Purchase a Silver/Gold Applecore Plan for 50% off using code joy. Applecore offers discounts to co-ops and other groups, so be sure to ask about that if you’d like to use Applecore with your homeschool group.